27 Mar Dixon May Fair Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Concerns
DIXON, CA. The 145th Dixon May Fair will not be held this year. The 2020 annual event, scheduled for May 7-10, has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and community spread of the disease.
On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist due to COVID-19. Executive Order N-25-20 was issued on March 12, 2020 and requires compliance with any orders and guidance of state and local public health officials.
On March 11, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued “Gathering Guidance” which states that large gatherings should be cancelled. Updated guidance issued March 16, 2020, states that all events that bring people together in a single space at the same time (such as auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space) should be cancelled until further guidance is issued by the California Department of Public Health.
On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered (Executive Order N-33-20) all individuals to stay at home indefinitely. He has regularly cited an 8 week time frame but has stated it could be longer.
The fairgrounds staff has been carefully monitoring the situation and reviewing timelines to be able to produce the annual event. Many steps must be taken to produce the Dixon May Fair and with restrictions placed on businesses and patrons the planning has been stalled.
The decision was made by the Fair Board Thursday, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for mass gatherings and State of California recommendations. “While the decision was difficult, the Board of Directors has the utmost concern for the safety of the staff, the participants and the patrons during this unprecedented period in our history,” said Roy Gill, board president.
“This is a difficult time for all of us and we realize the economic impact this has on the fair industry, our partners, exhibitors and friends. We will be exploring ways to assist the young livestock producers who have entered the Fair to get their animals to market. We would encourage them to contact the Solano County Fair regarding exhibiting their animals which is June 18 – 21, 2020,” said Patricia Conklin, CEO.
Fairgrounds staff will be reaching out to participants and anyone who purchased online tickets regarding refunds in the next few weeks. Due to Executive Order N-33-20 the Dixon May Fair office is currently closed. The best way to contact the office is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dixon May Fair is produced by the 36th District Agricultural Association, a California state institution.